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Julian is featured in the latest issue of Dear Boy Magazine, and was asked 20 questions on his life and taking pride in guilty pleasures. Check out some scans and outtakes in our gallery! Sorry for the delay on this. Happy Holidays to all.

What are you doing these days?
Just finished filming Little Women for the BBC and PBS over in the States. I play John Brooke in the new adaption of the classic book.

How did you get started on your acting career?
I got into drama class and got this lucky break where I was able to play the young roles for The Shakespeare Company. It just so happened that during my gap year I got lucky and the rest just unfolded. I’m incredibly grateful that I get to do something now that I love so much.

Favourite show?
Breaking Bad

Tell us a typical day of being an actor on set?
Morning, wake up – generally early. Once I get to set, I like to get into my costume first in my trailer, then you get to the make up truck where they do your makeup and fix your hair for the character. Then you might talk to the director about what you’re about to do that day and think about it and the rest unfolds. Each production is different, but you just get in and tackle the scene and try and find those moments.

Do you have a guilty pleasure? Something so bad that it is good?
[laughs] Where do we begin? I have to say that I have lots of pleasures and I take pride in them and I don’t feel bad about them. [laughs]

What advice would you give to someone just starting out their career?
To someone starting out, I’d say: Work hard, play hard, be kind.

What is one bad habit that you can’t seem to get rid of?
I’m a terrible procrastinator. It’s terrible. Only because I really enjoy taking it slow. My favourite day of the week is Sunday, and it’s because I love Sunday mornings. I can’t treat too many days like my Sunday mornings.

What do you do on a Sunday morning?
Oh it’s my favourite day. I like to take my time with it. It’s the one day of the week I actually get a physical newspaper so preferably I’m reading a newspaper in bed with toast, marmalade and coffee.

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So 2017 is going to be a big year for you. You’ve got a film coming out, and you’ve got Man in An Orange Shirt with on the BBC. Tell me about that.
I’m really excited about it. It was the first opportunity I had for filming in London — the city I grew up in, so that in itself was incredibly exciting. And it was with Vanessa Redgrave, who was phenomenal, and she was every bit as challenging and exciting and wonderful as I hoped that she would be. And then you have this material — this searing, strong, deeply moving material — that looks at the life of a gay man and, I think, at probably what’s true for many gay men and minorities, where you may be in a society that is welcoming of you, supposedly, but the shame that you grew up with becomes its own form of oppression. And I think that’s the worst kind of oppression, when it’s self-imposed oppression.

How difficult is it to play a role like that?
It was very difficult. It was probably the most difficult role I’ve played in terms of where the character goes, what happens to him. You know, there was a kind of rape scene of sorts, which was obviously very difficult to film… And surprisingly difficult, I didn’t think it was going to be that difficult. I thought I’d be able to handle it fine, but it did affect me… in quite a profound way. Shooting it, and certainly afterwards. But at the same time, the themes that were explored I believe are vital, and in that sense it was wonderful knowing that I was doing something that had higher aspirations other than just simply to entertain. It is entertaining — it’s a beautiful love story at its heart and its core — but it’s also an eye-opener. It certainly was for me, reading the script. I got to think about things that I perhaps hadn’t thought about. And I think when people see it they’ll enjoy the love story, they’ll enjoy watching it, but they’ll also get to think of things that they perhaps haven’t. In that sense it’s really important, and I think it will be really really special.

So you grew up in North London, but you’re filming in L.A. all the time. What are the differences between filming with the BBC and filming in Hollywood?
[Laughs] The craft service! So on bigger-budget American stuff… it’s my favourite thing about being an actor, you get the crafty table, which is like a table of snacks. Or in L.A.’s case, it’s a room or a whole trailer. And it’s like munchie heaven [laughs]. So you’ll just go in, and anything you could possibly want, like popcorn, or little hotdogs, or sweets. And I have a huge sweet tooth, and I love to snack. So it’s like my dream… Whatever anyone ever tells you about acting, the best thing about it is the craft service!

So the BBC don’t spoil you like Hollywood?
The BBC spoils you in other ways. That said, I didn’t really have a lot of time to sort of go and get snacks.

You mentioned that the part you just played for the BBC was really challenging. I’m sure being an actor has huge ups and downs, so how do you reflect on your career’s trajectory so far? Has it been an upward curve?
I think what I’ve tried to do in the past few years is make careful choices, and so choosing the projects that I take on, I do with consideration to whether it will be an enjoyable experience, a challenging one, an artistic one… and also making the choice not to do something. The best thing you can do in terms of your career as an actor is to say ‘no’.

And that’s got to be difficult.
It is and it isn’t. It’s more difficult when you have the good fortune of being offered more than one thing at the same time. And they may be two or three great projects, great directors, and you have to say ‘no’ to two of them. That’s when it becomes difficult. However, I’m very clear on what I want to do, in terms of the challenges that I want to take on. I want to be scared by a role, by a project. And I’m director driven. So ultimately, it’s always the director. It’s my favourite part. It’s the relationship and the dialogue with a director which makes the character.

Read the full interview on the 1883 Magazine website!

I have updated the gallery with 2 scans from the new issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring Hand of God. Remember, all episodes are available for streaming on September 4 on Amazon Prime.

I have added more scans of Julian in GQ Style thanks to my friend Rebecca(@WrenKingston_) for these!

I have added a scan of Julian’s article in the January 2014 Vanity Fair France issue to our photo archive.